Understanding the impact and effects of brain injuries

23rd September 2021

Understanding the impact and effects of brain injuries

Zoe Beviss, Major Trauma Case Handler within the Higgs LLP Personal Injury team, examines different types of brain injuries – and how that affects rehabilitation.

A brain injury can turn a person’s life upside down – as well as having huge implications for families.

Andrehabilitation is certainly not ‘one-size-fits-all’. The treatment required will depend on the type and severity of the injury. There should be a clear and coordinated rehabilitation plan in order to get the best results for the injured party and to ensure they have the best quality of life possible.

An acquired brain injury, also known as an ABI, is an injury to the brain that has occurred since birth. A traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, is an injury to the brain that has occurred due to a trauma to the head, such as from a fall, road traffic accident or an accident at work.

Brain injuries can range from minor where the effects of the injury can last for a period of a few weeks, to severe where the injury can result in a lifelong permanent injury.

Following a severe brain injury, the person is likely to be unconscious and in a coma. The person may also suffer from post-traumatic amnesia.

Moderate to severe brain injuries can result in lifelong changes that are physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioural. It can also have an impact on life expectancy.

A person who has suffered from a TBI may experience further decline in theircondition,even with appropriate rehabilitation.

When a person has suffered a moderate to severe TBI they are at greater risk to seizures, infections and even pneumoniaall of which serve to increase the chances of reducedlife expectancy.

A person who has suffered a severe injury may find challenges with day-to-day activities. Theymay not be able to complete tasks that they were able to complete prior to the injury. Self-medication is one example, and commonly there is arisk of accidental drug poisoning.

At Higgs LLP, we strive to ensure our clients have the best possible treatment and rehabilitation in place and specialise in assisting those who have suffered life changing injuries.

To discuss free of charge how we can help you or a loved one please call us or, if you prefer, one of our head injury solicitors can come and see you free of charge to discuss making a claim.



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